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Barclay Butera Home Offers Quite Sophistication in Debut of ‘Gramercy Park Collection’ at Fall High Point Market

October 8, 2009



LOS ANGELES, CA (October 2009) – This Fall, national lifestyle designer Barclay Butera tapped the “City” section of his Living in Style book for inspiration and created the “Gramercy Park Collection” for High Point Market introductions.  Named for the exclusive Manhattan park, where a key is required to enter and enjoy this haven within the city, the Collection celebrates the world traveler / city dweller who enjoys all aspects of the arts and high culture of a big city, and requires an elegant and subtle palette against which to showcase their personal collections.  The “Gramercy Park Collection” can be seen at High Point Market: The World’s Home for Home Furnishings (Oct. 17-22), Interhall #IH102. As an extension of this concept, Butera will showcase new pieces from his continued association with the Hearst Castle Collection®, reflected in upholstery and pillows.

The color palette of the “Gramercy Park Collection” reflects a quiet sophistication through its tonal fabric selections that include taupe, bronze, chocolate, gold, cream, butterscotch; variegated stripes with texture and sheen; menswear-inspired textiles including bold houndstooth, large-scale paisley & windowpane plaid; supple leathers, plush velvets; touches of Butera’s characteristic textured animal prints, tone-on-tone woven patterns and classic solids.

For this Fall, Barclay Butera Home is proud to present all new at High Point Market:

Park Avenue BenchSM

Park Avenue Bench

Generously-scaled bench, an elegant, ‘collected piece’ of a well-traveled couple, possibly for base of bed.  Sophisticated tufting and dark turned leg are standard; nailhead is option (extra).   Shown in Kipling Bone leather (Gramercy Park Collection).  (60”w x 20”d x 22”h)

Essex OttomanSM

Essex Ottoman

Regency inspired ottoman with distinctive double “X” base with stretcher for additional strength. Tufted attached pillowtop with contrast welt added as signature Butera design detail.  Tufting and fully upholstered base are standard.  Most effective shown in pairs; perfect additional seating for conversational great room.  Shown in Savoy Tobacco Velvet fabric (Classic Collection) with Contrast Welt in Savoy Bay Rum (British Colonial). (24”w x 18”d x 20”h)

San Simeon ChairSM

San Simeon Chair

Known for his collection of wing chairs, this is Butera’s newest addition to his collaboration with Hearst Castle Collection.  Modeled after originals purchased from Bullock’s Wilshire for Mr. Hearst’s North Wing suite, this modified wing chair features cutaway arms that echo the rolled detail on the wingback, as well as a current twist on a traditional pleated arm detail.   Transitional and ideal for lounging, chair features classic tapered leg with carved relief detail and attached pillow back.  Shown in a textured striped velvet, Edwin Cream (Gramercy Park Collection). (33”w x 36”d x 40”h)

Bradford ChairSM

Bradford Chair

Generously proportioned lounge piece, comes standard with tufting and turned legs with casters.  Similar to Newport Chair, but deeper and taller.  Shown in Butera’s characteristic animal print while still remaining neutral.  Fabric: Giraffe Natural (Gramercy Park Collection) (32”w x 36”d x 32”h)

In other news, Butera is touring luxury design centers nationwide, lecturing on “Decorating in the New Economy” to packed rooms filled with those in the design trade.  The tour is tied to the launch of his Kravet Collections line of textiles, as well as his selection of original designs for Tufts by Kravet Carpet.  Please check for a full schedule.


Barclay Butera, Inc. is based in Newport Beach, CA, and entails the Barclay Butera collection showrooms in Newport Beach and Los Angeles, CA, and Park City, UT.  Barclay Butera Home, Inc. products ( are distributed through over 300 showrooms, his own collection showrooms, and To the Trade nationwide. The Kravet products are available through Kravet showrooms nationwide.  Butera designs and manufactures his bench made upholstery products in Los Angeles, CA.   Please visit for a full introduction.


Designer Barclay Butera to Design Showcase Room at Hearst Castle for Winners of “Hearst Castle Overnight”

September 3, 2009

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SAN SIMEON, CA (September, 2009) — For 2009 Hearst Castle Overnight, renowned interior and lifestyle designer Barclay Butera will create a contemporary interior inspired by the design collaboration of Julia Morgan and William Randolph Hearst. Notably, this is the first interior design of a room at Hearst Castle since Mr. Hearst left the estate in 1947.  Butera’s respect and admiration for the old Hollywood lifestyle garnered him this enviable project.

The design of this rarely seen room and special evening celebrates Mr. Hearst’s passion for the decorative arts, his graciousness in sharing this passion with countless guests and the importance of his collections housed at Hearst Castle, a State Historical Monument and California State Park.  The overnight stay at the Castle was won in a benefit auction sponsored by Friends of Hearst Castle in 2008, honoring the 50th anniversary of public access to Hearst Castle . A nonprofit cooperating association, Friends of Hearst Castle supports art preservation of Hearst Castle’s world-class collection of art and artifacts and art education, including programs for youth at-risk.

The winning couple has invited eight friends for a swim in the Neptune Pool, tennis, dinner on the terrace, a garden stroll, and an after dinner movie in the Castle theater, followed by an evening just for the two of them in this specially decorated showcase room with a view of the Pacific.

The Barclay Butera designed Hearst Castle Overnight room, will feature contemporary reproductions and interpretative designs by Hearst Castle Collection licensees whose home furnishing designs bring new awareness to the depth and importance of Mr. Hearst’s collections, while contributing significantly to Hearst Castle’s preservation. Butera is one of the select licensees, having debuted upholstery and pillows over the last year. The individual pieces and design of the room for this special evening respect the historical environment of the Castle with integrity and illustrate the contemporary relevance of Hearst Castle, its art, antiques and antiquities.

Mr. Hearst was a man with a reverence for the past and anticipation of the future. By bringing together his collections at Hearst Castle, he sent the message that one should be immersed in and surrounded by art and this message continues at Hearst Castle with the preservation of the works of art and antiquities for generations to appreciate. It is fitting that Butera who brings art “home” is redecorating a room in a home of priceless art and beauty.

Barclay Butera has great admiration for old Hollywood and great architecture, having owned former homes of Frank Sinatra and Betty Davis, and initiated  redesigns that paid respect to their special past. He did the same as creative director of the $25 million renovation of L’Auberge del Mar in Del Mar, CA, a former playground of old Hollywood.  Butera knows how to capture the era in furnishings, in this case for the ultimate home, Hearst Castle. Butera’s designs and accessories will honor the environment with integrity and interest. Proceeds from Hearst Castle Collection licensed designs benefit art preservation and education at the Castle. The design of the Hearst Castle Overnight bedroom is being accomplished through the generous contributions of: Architectural Detail Group, Barclay Butera Home, Castilian, Habersham, Hearst Castle Collection Design, Ambience by Minka Group, Pindler & Pindler, Taracea,  Tilevera, Jeff Margolin and Susan Ward Designs.

“I am honored to be selected as the interior designer on this project. I have a great respect for Mr. Hearst’s vision and am confident that he would be proud of the completed room in this incredible home,” states Barclay Butera, CEO and President of Barclay Butera, Inc.

The next Hearst Castle Overnight is planned to honor the 25th anniversary of Friends of Hearst Castle in 2010.

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Barclay Butera Chosen by Renowned Artist Ray Turner for Select Group in Portraiture Series

August 8, 2009


Turner_Page 94a_SMTurner_Page 94b_SM LOS ANGELES, CA (August, 2009) – National lifestyle designer Barclay Butera was selected a few months ago by artist and friend Ray Turner to be one of his portraiture subjects for the artist’s “Population” show, which opens in Santa Fe, NM, on August 7th at the Skotia Gallery.  The 12”x12” paintings portray the designer in Turner’s signature bold style.  Two paintings of Butera—Turner chose only a few subjects to capture twice–will be part of 125-150 portraits shown.  Skotia Gallery is “Population’s” first stop in a traveling installation that will subsequently be exhibited at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (Oct. 2009 – Jan. 2010), in San Francisco at the Toomey-Tourell Gallery in January 2010, then on to Beverly Hills and Europe.  The show will have an accompanying 12”x12” hardcover book, reflecting the exact size of each likeness, and with essays by Rick Gilberts, James Scarborough, and Roberta Carasso, PhD.

“In doing business with Barclay, we immediately became friends and I knew I wanted to include him in the series,” muses Turner.  “I find him to be one of the complex human beings that many of us are and that I seek out, and I painted toward the soul in him that I perceive…a snap shot that tells part of his story. I have painted a few people more than once out of interest in capturing a different facet of their personality.  Barclay is one of these, and I consider him both friend and subject.”

Painted on panel and glass, each portrait in the series evinces a slightly different approach by the artist, while inheriting the same topographical quality seen in the brooding, epic landscapes he is known for.  A prescient interpreter, he is able to capture his sitters during “privileged instants” with skill and intimacy, using impasto (a la German Fauves and Expressionists), and violent color and exaggerated features, which recall influences as Vincent Van Gogh and Francis Bacon.

“I am very honored that Ray asked me to be one of his subjects,” says Butera, CEO and President of Barclay Butera Inc.  “I’m a big fan of his, and often recommend his work to clients.  The layering of colors and strokes he delivers moves me and appeals to my own sense of depth in layering and texture.  I also love that there are two different portraits—one being more lighter and ‘real’ to my eyes, and the other more dark with exaggerated features.  There’s also a bit of a Warhol flavor to this exhibition concept, which I enjoy.”


Barclay Butera, Inc. is based in Newport Beach, CA, and entails the Barclay Butera collection showrooms in Newport Beach and Los Angeles, CA, and Park City, UT.  Barclay Butera Home, Inc. products ( are distributed through over 300 showrooms, his own collection showrooms, and To the Trade nationwide. Butera designs and manufactures his bench made upholstery products in Los Angeles, CA.  The book Living In Style (Assouline, 2008) presents a collection of Butera’s work since 2003, divided into five lifestyle themes: Beach, City, Desert, Mountain, and Town & Country.  The designer’s first line of textiles and trims for Kravet Collections is available now, also presented through four of his lifestyle themes. Please visit for a full introduction.


Born in California in 1958, Turner attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where he ultimately taught.  Turner has progressively crafted a versatile and acclaimed body of work of growing scope and importance.  Turner is included in many publications including American Art Collector, Art Times, and Artweek magazine. Turner’s work is exhibited, in solo and group shows, in New York, California, and New Mexico in the United States, and Internationally in Berlin and Montreal.  (

Barclay Butera Home Debuts Harbor Collection, More Hearst Castle Collection at Spring 09 High Point

July 2, 2009




LOS ANGELES, CA (April 2009) – This Spring, national lifestyle designer Barclay Butera is optimistic and wants to share that outlook.  There’s been a shift:  months ago, people began to nest because they had to, and he was attuned to that with his soothing colors in Fall.  Now, he believes, people are enjoying nesting voluntarily, realizing how nice it is to nurture one’s home environment and create a haven, and also hearken to an earlier time, and a more primary color scheme.  To that end, Barclay Butera Home launches the Americana-style “Harbor Collection” at High Point Market: The World’s Home for Home Furnishings (April 25-30), Interhall #IH211.  Additionally, Butera will showcase new pieces from his continued association with the Hearst Castle Collection®, reflected in upholstery and pillows. 

The color palette of the “Harbor Collection” includes navy and indigo blues, ocean and sky blues, crimson reds, deep gold, wheat and brown. The textiles feature a variety of striped patterns—many of a nautical ilk—plaids, and of course textured solids.

For this Spring, Barclay Butera Home is proud to present all new for High Point Market:

Taylor Wing Love Seat – Clean-lined club chair feel, inspired by BBH popular Taylor chair, has elegant details such as a traditional English arm, turned legs and casters with slight wing-chair feel, while meeting an increased demand, in this case, for slipcovered furniture. Comes standard upholstered with bench cushion.  Shown in Harbor Collection’s Decking Stripe Indigo/Cadet. (72”w x 32”d x 32”h)

Lido Host Chair – Host chair features tight seat and tailored legs.  Butera plays with classic designs and modern elements, adds slight wing detail and slight flair of arm.  Standard with bracket base and nailhead detail.  Shown in Harbor Collection’s casual Mazarin Nautica.  (32”w x 31”d x 34”h)

Lucia Chair—Barclay Butera for Hearst Castle Collection®,    

Butera and Hearst Castle Collection® are selectively adding to the line with this occasional chair, with slightly curved back and flared arm, patterned after one in the Casa Grande at San Simeon.  The rooms in Casa Grande were more modern in style, reflecting the changing interior design styles of the times up through the luxurious Hollywood design of the 1940s.  Upholstery exhibits taste of 1940s era, and features the modern detailing of Butera’s style.  Standard with tufted detail, nailhead, turned leg and casters.  Shown in Harbor Collection’s Piazza Wheat.  (34”w x 38”d x 39”h)

Harbor Sofa — Loose back sofa with rolled arm and carved bun feet.  Large nailhead applied around inside back and around base of sofa; and small nailhead applied on arm posts.  Shown in Harbor Collection’s Glynn Linen Crimson Red.  (90”w 40”d x 39”h)

Butera’s creative collaboration with Kravet is rolling out.  His selection of original designs for Tufts by Kravet Carpet—richly textured and hand-tufted—are out and available now.  And his four-book, 300 SKU fabric collection for Kravet Collections will be launching June 2009, creatively merchandised in four lifestyle themes ala Butera’s Living in Style coffee table book (Assouline):  Beach, City, Mountain, and  Town & Country. 



Barclay Butera, Inc. is based in Newport Beach, CA, and entails the Barclay Butera collection showrooms in Newport Beach and Los Angeles, CA, and Park City, UT.  Barclay Butera Home, Inc. products ( are distributed through over 300 showrooms and To the Trade nationwide, and are represented in the designer’s retail showrooms and his ‘to the trade’ showroom in New York’s Design & Decoration (D&D) Building.  Butera designs and manufactures his products in Los Angeles, CA.  Please visit for a full introduction.  


Balboa Chair

Balboa Chair

Harbor Sofa

Harbor Sofa